Welcome to Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a research-centered educational environment whose mission is to enhance the productivity, quality, and benefit of materials-related learning to its students, faculty, and community. DMSE bears a commitment to the improvement of materials technology as an advantaged academic unit equipped with state-of-the-art facilities in areas of materials surface analysis, mechanical characterization, and an extensive suite of advanced electron microscopy instrumentation that act in synergy to consistently thrust us among the top tiers of materials research institutions in the nation.


Professor Carter named a TMS Young Leader

Prof. Carter was named a 2014 TMS Structural Materials Division Young Leader. The award recognizes early-career individuals, under the age of 40, for their potential as future leaders within TMS and the materials and engineering community it serves. Award winners have unique opportunities to become more involved in society activities and to network with prominent TMS members. Advancing professional growth of TMS’s young members is part of the mission of the TMS Foundation, the award sponsor. It has tripled the original size of the award class in 2014, as well as added a second prestigious Early Career Faculty Fellowship and collaborated in support of a new international scholarship. Additional information on The TMS Division Young Leader Award winners can be found here

Congratulations to Olga Eliseeva!

Olga Eliseeva, 2nd year Materials Science and Engineering Student from Copley OH, was named one of three winners for the December 2013 CWRU SOURCE: Intersections Engineering Poster Competition. The SOURCE: Intersections event is an opportunity for the Cleveland community to see the broad and diverse work that is being done across campus by our outstanding undergraduates. Her poster entitled "Degradation of Cross-linked Polyethylene and Cross-linked Polyolefin" showcases some of her research with Prof. French in the SDLE center for Lifetime and Degradation Sciences. A link to her poster is presented here.

DMSE Website Image Winners

Congratulation to Zhen Li, PhD student working with Professors Ernst and Heuer, and Maryam Zahiri Azar, PhD student working with Professor Heuer. Photos from their research have been selected as the newest banner images to grace the DMSE homepage.
Zhen Li research is focused on low temperature carburization of 316L stainless steel. The techniques he is helping develop significantly enhance the hardness and corrosion resistance of the materials surface. A representative publication from his work is available here. Maryam's research is focused on the growth of Alumina oxide scales. Her high resolution transmission electron microscopy work is advancing our understanding how grain boundary structures dominate scale formation. A representative publication from her work is available here.

Undergraduate Co-Op Information

The CWRU Co-Op program is offering an informational session for first and second year engineering/biochemisty, chemistry, biology, and physics students.
Tuesday, Septmber 10th at 6:00pm
Thwing 1914
Session Goals:
  • Highlight Co-Op program
  • First personal testamonials from students that have participated in the program
  • Question and Answer Session
  • PIZZA!

Chris Kelly Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team!

Case Western Reserve University 2013 graduate Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) has been named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team for his performance on the track and in the classroom this past season.

A materials science and engineering major with a 3.43 grade point average, Kelly capped his career as a national qualifier in the spring. He set a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:07.23) at the University Athletic Association Championship and entered the NCAA Division III Championship with the 14th-fastest time in the nation.

Back in the fall, Kelly was an All-UAA and All-Great Lakes Region performer for the cross country team as the Spartans qualified for the NCAA Championship Meet for the first time since 2008.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided byTFRRS.org.